Game Preview: Canadiens (37-38-6) vs. Lightning (46-30-5)
TV: TVAS, SN 7:00 p.m.
The Habs welcome the Lightning to the Bell Centre for the final game of the 2015-16 regular season.
In rookie netminder Charlie Lindgren’s first career NHL start on Thursday night in Raleigh, the Canadiens twice overcame leads by the Carolina Hurricanes to give their young goaltender his first career NHL victory. The 4-2 final score in favor of the Habs was ignited by blue-liner Darren Dietz’s first career NHL goal, which got the Habs on the board with just 10 seconds left in the first period.
At the Prudential Center in New Jersey, Jonathan Drouin – who was just recently recalled from Syracuse of the AHL on April 6 – scored the game-winning-goal in his first game with Tampa Bay since December 30, 2015. Netminder Ben Bishop stopped 20 of the 22 shots fired his way on Thursday night to lead the Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Devils.
Following Thursday night’s road victory in Raleigh, coach Therrien gave his troops the day off of practice on Friday.
After being sidelined with a lower-body injury for the last two months, Brian Flynn will return to the Canadiens' lineup on Saturday night. He will likely play on a line with Torrey Mitchell and Paul Byron. Mike Condon, meanwhile, will get the start in goal.
The Canadiens will attempt to go for the season-series sweep of the Lighting in Saturday night’s regular season finale, having come away victorious in all three match-ups between the two rivals thus far this campaign.